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Babies In and Around Cars
Car safety for babies goes beyond car seats. Here are a few more things to keep in mind when your baby is in and around cars.
- Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children, and it can happen to anyone.
- Avoid this tragedy by remembering to do these three things:
- Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
- Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
- Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
- Before you know it, babies are crawling around on the floor or even pulling themselves up to take their first steps. We know you’re often in a hurry, but before you drive away, take a few seconds to walk all the way around your parked car to check for kids near the car or children on bikes nearby.
- When checking for kids around your vehicle, see if anything that could attract a child, such as a pet, bike or toy, is under or behind your vehicle before getting in and starting the engine.